But something’s not quite right. It’s a silent thing, looming during prayer, after sermons. Alone in her room, she journals through tears, weary under the burden: “I’m not worthy, Father. I’ve let you down and can’t stand myself for it.”
Holy expectations, human setbacks. What’s a Godly girl to do? Sydney, a college freshman, can relate: “When I mess up, I automatically tell myself I’m no good to God. I’m a failure and have nothing good to bring Him.”
Wait a minute, sweet Sydney. Hang on, saddened sisters. What if God’s not keeping score? What if He’s bigger than your mistakes? What if Love trumps sin?
When you’re God’s kid—when you call Him Father and follow His Son—Nothing makes Him love you less. Nothing! He sees you fall but knows you don’t want to. You’re His imperfect, perfect pleasure: “He will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you but will rejoice over you with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17).
It’s called grace: Good stuff with no strings, good standing just because. It’s an ongoing gift, thanks to a one-time sacrifice.
And there’s more good news, my sisters! On the cross, Jesus took more than your sin; He also died for your shame. Why? So you wouldn’t have to endure it: “It is for freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1).
So if God adores you on bad days…If Christ conquered your guilt…Then what’s the point of a self-imposed burden? As one young woman told me: “Jesus died for my worthlessness. I refuse to let Satan resurrect it.”
Should imperfect girls attempt holiness? Absolutely. We want to look like Christ (1 Peter 1:16), and we want to run the race (Philippians 3:14). But when we fall short? It’s no surprise to God. It’s not the end of us. Instead, we stare down the sin, repent sincerely, and rest in grace—Grace and love and sweet freedom.
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